KARACHI: Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has clarified new reports about leakage of toxic gas from inside port area.
KPT spokesman in a statement on late Sunday night said that there has been no leakage of chemical or gases inside the KPT port area and from any berthed vessel/ship.
“All safety precautions remain applied while handling POL or chemicals from ships at Karachi Port,” the spokesman said.
The casualties being admitted in Hospitals are from northern side of keamari town and not from the port or immediate area and their statement was also about presence of chemical gases in air. “Linking the same with handling of chemical and POL ships is not correct and, therefore, denied,” the spokesman added.
The KPT is offering complete support to the Keamari residents falling victim to chemical gas incident. “KPT Hospital located in Keamari area, being within the reach, has been made available to Keamari residents for treatment,” the spokesman added.
Moreover, the Chairman KPT Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar has also had discussion with Commander Karachi Rear Admiral Zahid Ilyas over the incident and Pakistan Navy is dispatching their Biological and Chemical Damage control Team to the affected area and its vicinity for ascertaining facts behind the incident.